The Tampa Bay Buccaneers mixed-up their defensive front yet again, with the addition of Rakeem Nunez-Roches on Monday.
The shuffling along the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line continued on Monday as the team made a pair of moves at the defensive tackle position.
Tampa Bay announced the release of tackle Jerel Worthy, while Rakeem Nunez-Roches tweeted about his new contract with the Buccaneers.
Worthy played in four games with the Buccaneers, providing depth with Vita Vea, Mitch Unrein and Beau Allen all injured.
He only recorded three tackles on the season, and Tampa Bay needed more production from their depth. They decided to sign Nunez-Roches, who has started in 16 games during his four-year career.
Nunez-Roches spent the preseason with the Indianapolis Colts but didn’t make the regular season roster. Before his stint in Indy, he was with the Kansas City Chiefs for three seasons.
With the Chiefs, he racked up 31 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He saw a significant jump in playing time in each of his three seasons, peaking last season with 11 starts. He was a surprise cut in the offseason but didn’t latch on to another team for the regular season.
Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken coached Nunez-Roches at Southern Mississippi before he accepted the job with Tampa Bay. So, perhaps Monken put in a good word.
Nunez-Roches is only 25-years-old and is a player worth taking a chance on. He proved he can produce with Kansas City and managed to start on multiple playoff teams.
It’s going to be hard for him to make an impact in such a loaded unit, but he could be in line for some playing time as Allen works his way back.